PhD (Education), University of Technology Sydney (2014)
Meera Varadharajan is a Research Fellow (Education) at the Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales. Meera has a lead role in managing and undertaking applied research and social impact projects in the area of education. She has worked on a range of projects and program evaluations such as youth mentoring; young indigenous post prison outcomes; social housing pathways and not-for-profit leadership experiences.
As a qualitative researcher, she is passionate about connecting human stories and experiences in projects and program evaluations that serve as an enabler to drive purposeful social change in society. Her research interests include student well-being, teacher education, teachers’ lives and educational philosophy.
Meera has experience working in the business and education sector in a wide variety of roles. Meera’s thesis examined the lived experience of career change teachers using an interpretive and phenomenological approach. Her doctoral and subsequent work on career change teachers has been recognised by leading teaching bodies, and she has received external and internal research grants. She is currently writing a book on career change teachers, due to be published by Springer.
Meera is also a steering committee member of the Refugee Education Special Interest Group.
I have experience teaching under-graduate teacher education subject units. Subjects taught: Issues in Education (local and global contexts) and Sociology of Education.
I have also facilitated and run doctoral student workshops on qualitative research and phenomenology.